Western Australia's estimated 320,000 carers will have access to extra support services, with Carers WA being awarded a $1 million tender to the end of June 2020.
The Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) has given the peak carers' body an increase in funding of more than 15 per cent to run its support program.
More than one in eight people in Western Australia provide unpaid personal care and support to others.
Carers WA reduces carers' dependence on paid care, relieving WA's health and community services and enabling carers to participate in the community.
Carers WA will operate seven programs in WA as part of the tender: counselling and training; social support; advice and information services; respite; employment engagement activities; a young carers program and a community education program.
Programs will be as accessible as possible for carers throughout the State. Physical locations will be used in areas highly populated by carers, while on-line and telephone services will support remote carers, or those unable to access local services physically.
Partnerships with a range of regional stakeholders and periodic regional visits by organisation staff will also be used.
In 2015, DLGC in partnership with the Carers Advisory Council and Carers WA, developed the WA Carers Strategy providing guidance on how to better recognise and support carers.
The WA Carers Strategy provides guidance for government agencies and community service providers to focus their efforts on better support and recognition of carers.